Taliban office in Qatar was closed on July 9, 2013.

The circumstances surrounding its opening, under the identity of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, had prompted Kabul’s refusal to enter into negotiations.

Under U.S. pressure, on 25 June 20123, Qatar’s Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani ceded power to to his son, Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. The latter is striving to restore order in his country’s foreign policy.

 “Taliban officially opening office in Qatar”, Voltaire Network, 18 June 2013.
 “Karzai rejects talks with Taliban”, Voltaire Network, 20 June 2013.